Otherwise known as The Long Field, Ireland’s hedgerow systems presently make up 327,258 km of land in Ireland. They are an important part of the cultural landscape and have been sites of resistance and change since human cultivation began. In her public exchange event on Main St. Manorhamilton Mackey’s playful research installation gathers material from her work on the hedgerows of North Leitrim. Using processes such as digging, drawing, cutting, collecting and documenting Mackey reviews the significance of these endangered landscapes and in conversation with the public explores their strategic importance and future potential in fostering spaces of biodiversity as well as providing sites of inspiration for gardens, nurseries, allotments and various cultural uses. Mackey will occupy the Shop/Gallery to engage with the public on the potential of setting up a series of active ‘green’ spaces for the town of Manorhamilton with discussions on food security, growing your own, allotments, gardens and seed saving.
Christine Mackey is an independent research-based visual artist developing projects that attend to the complexity of plant matter and environmental issues. In 2018 she was awarded a Fulbright Award pursuing research across a range of cultural institutions in the USA. Her work has been supported by the Arts Council Bursary Award